Obituaries

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Doyle Eugene Joiner

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Carter Glenn Jackson

Infant Carter Glenn Jackson passed away at UMBT Health Center in Galveston, Texas, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. A dove release was done on June 16, 2015, at 11:22 a.m. in Orange, Texas. Survivors include Trully Ann Butler and Jonathan Jackson, formerly of Jena; a sister, Bentley Jackson of Orange, TX; maternal grandparents, Kristina Cohran and Albert L. Smith; and paternal grandparents, Kristy and Curtis Jackson.
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Ruby Earline Cater

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Donna Loper

Donna Loper, 74, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in Alexandria. She was born May 13, 1941 in Alexandria. Donna retired as a mortgage processor and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jena, and former member of Highland Baptist Church of West Monroe. Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Highland Baptist Church in West Monroe with the Revs. Skip Dean and Dominick Di- Carlo officiating. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johny Loper in February of 2011; and a brother, Ronald J. Collins. Survivors include her son, John Loper and wife Martha; daughter, Donna Annette Howland and husband Paul; grandchildren, Mark Waltermire, Austin Loper, Miranda Howland, and Veronica Howland; adopted granddaughter, Margaret Coker and Paul; great grandchildren, Mark and Marissa Waltermire; adopted great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Cherokee Coker; and a brother, Donald R. Collins.

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Joie Maria Thompson Sevene

Joie Maria Thompson Sevene, 57, of Dodson, and a native of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, February 11, 2016. She was born Saturday, September 6, 1958 in Olla to the union of her parents, Mack and Carolina Milton Thompson. Memorial services were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Dodson Assembly of God Church in Dodson with the Revs. Gary Robertson and Arthur Robinson officiating. She was preceded in death by her mother, Carolina Milton Thompson; son-in-law, Tony McDow; and mother-in-law, Joetta Sevene Caskey. Survivors include her husband, Paul Sevene of Dodson; daughters, Emily McDavid and husband Lynn, and Liza McDow; father, Mack Thompson; and grandchildren, Serina, Grayce and Hanna McDavid, and Joshua “Willy” and Matthew McDow.  

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Carroll Major Gray

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Glenda Leah Brooks Green

Glenda Leah Brooks Green, 81, of Central, and formerly of Jena, was received into Heaven peacefully on Sunday, February 7, 2016, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born on Friday, August 31, 1934 in Rhinehart to the union of her parents, Rev. Kerfoot Graves and Frances Grace Chandler Brooks. Glenda taught at Jena Junior High School from 1980- 2000. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma. During her years of teaching, she touched many lives and loved being a part of so many children’s education. Glenda was a 1952 graduate of Jena High School and Louisiana College in 1956. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Jena for many years. She married Herschel on August 15, 1958, and the couple blessed the lives of their three children when they adopted them. She leaves a legacy of Christian love and service with all who knew her. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at the First Baptist Church of Jena with the Revs.

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Marilyn “Gwen” Bradford

Marilyn “Gwen” Bradford, 53, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in Alexandria. She was born Thursday, January 10, 1963 in Jonesville to the union of her parents, Reginald Owen Bradford and Ester Chevallier Bradford. She was a resident of Jonesville and a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesville. Gwen loved fishing and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Bryson and Hadlei. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, at First Baptist Church of Jonesville with Rev. Gary Norris officiating. Interment followed at Woodland Cemetery of Jena, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. Survivors include her son, Michael Crawford; daughter, Hailee Hodges; grandson, Bryson Crawford, and granddaughter, Hadlei Crawford, all of Jonesville; and by a host of cousins. Pallbearers were Dustin Tillman, Mike Bernard, Bill Couvillion, Less McCartney, Justin Hardie, Ted Bradford and Chris Bevill.

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Shelton Mitchell, Jr.

Shelton Mitchell, Jr., 84, of Olla, passed away suddenly at 7:36 p.m., on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at his home in Olla. He was born October 6, 1931 in Caldwell Parish. Shelton was employed with Louisiana Power and Light Company, now Entergy, for 31 years as a service lineman. Shelton served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He received the Airman Achievement Award for Outstanding Airman of the 28th Air Installations Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. He was honorably discharged in December 1955. He was a member of the Harmonia Baptist Church in Olla, where he served as a trustee and treasurer for many years. Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Harmonia Baptist Church in Olla with Rev. Clarence J. Reese officiating. Interment followed in Oak Forest Cemetery of Olla under direction of King’s Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his father, Shelton Mitchell, Sr.; and his mother, Juanita Belton McHenry.

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Randy Alfred LeGrande

Randy Alfred LeGrande, a native of Jena, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, February 4, 2016. He passed away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he had resided for several years. Born December 18, 1952 in Jena, Randy was the second of two children born to John “Jack” Alfred LeGrande and Mary Maxine Carrier LeGrande of Jena. Randy was a 1970 graduate of Jena High School and attended Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM) in Monroe. Randy served our country for six years in the Louisiana National Guard. After attending NLU, Randy pursued a career in oilfield chemicals and oilfield safety in various locations in Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico and eventually in Oklahoma City, where most recently he held the position of Regional Manager with Pro-Ject Chemicals. Randy was a devoted son, father, brother and “Pop”. He loved his Lord, good food and his family. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the chapel of Vondel Smith North Colonial Funeral Home in Oklahoma City, OK.

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